Kelly Miles of Lincoln County Social Services received the Multidisciplinary Team Member of the Year Award.
Wayne Howard Staff Writer
Chances are you've seen the pinwheels on the Courtsquare or the ones surrounding the Lincoln Cultural Center. They are there as reminders that April has been Child Abuse Prevention Month. The observance is held each year to draw attention to the efforts being made to prevent all forms of child abuse.
Earlier this month (April 10th) the Coalition Against Child Abuse and Child Advocacy Center held its annual awards program at the James W. Warren Citizens Center, naming several award winners for their support of child abuse prevention and awareness.
Among those honored were Suzan Famulari as the Volunteer of the Year, Kelly Miles as the Multidisciplinary Team member of the Year, Dr. Steven Austin who was presented the Champion for Children Award, and former Sheriff David Carpenter, who was presented a Lifetime Achievement Award for child victim services.
Catie Patton of GW Laboratories was presented the Ola Mae Foster Award for service above self, and the Gaston-Lincoln Partnership for Children was honored for providing opportunities for awareness, prevention and education pertaining to child abuse, receiving the Melinda Houser Award.
Perhaps the most significant award presented went to the family of the late Bob Hecht. Bob paid for most of the playground equipment at the Rescue Squad Park; he created a 'special needs' day at the beginning of Denver Days which allowed those with special needs to ride the rides as his guests before the event opened to the general public. Bob also held a Day at the Lake event every year at his home on Lake Norman for children in the Lincoln County foster children's program, giving them a chance to enjoy his pool or the lake, to take boat rides, and to enjoy the kind of outing many of them never got to enjoy before.
While the month is about to end, the problem of child abuse will continue--and the need for help to prevent it and to aid the victims as well.
This Saturday, the First Federal Savings Bank Price Is Right for Fighting Child Abuse will be held at the James W. Warren Citizens Center. Those attending will pay a $10 admission fee, and may be called to participate in bidding for prizes including a golf cart, a beach vacation, a 65-inch TV, a Wolf Lodge family getaway and others. Doors open at 5 PM and the game show begins at 6.
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